by Fred Roundstone
(Angmering, West Sussex, UK)
Geraniums are plants that look good in a bed just by themselves or they even look good if they are mixed in with other annuals. It also makes for an attractive edging plant for the perennial garden.
These plants are very versatile and will look good no matter where they are put.
Although the geranium can put up with a little frost, it loves the warm weather. Here are some tips for growing geraniums:
* Light – Most geraniums do well in full sun. That means that they should receive at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.
If the climate you live in is very hot, then you may plant them in an area that is partly shaded. Many geraniums will do quite well in a partly shaded spot, but they will not bloom as prolifically.
* Soil – Geraniums thrive in rich soil that is very well drained. If you add compost to your soil, this will give your plants an extra boost.
* Fertilizer – When you grow geraniums, it is good to note that they are heavy feeders. You should plan on giving them fertilizer at least every two weeks. You may also feed them when you plant them with a time-released fertilizer that will last the entire season.
* Water – When it does not rain, you will have to make sure that you water your geraniums regularly. If you are not sure if you should water, just poke your finger down into the soil. If it is dry at least two inches down, then you had better get out the hose!
* Grooming – You want to keep your plants looking their best by dead heading them and by taking away any dried or discolored leaves. In this way, your geraniums will look great all season!
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